Graeme McElheran

School reforms still charge user fees

TAMALE, Ghana Mohammed started following me the moment I stepped off the bus in northern Ghana. That was hardly unusual; bus stations in Africa are…

Environmentalism a foreign concept in Africa

KUMASI, Ghana John Kufuor, the president of Ghana, is in an enviable position. Named chair of the African Union in January, he leads the only…

British offer technology, French offer French in post colonial era

KUMASI, Ghana It’s been 200 years since the British outlawed slavery and triggered the demise of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Chiefs determined to protect their land from miners

LAKE BOSUMTWI, Ghana It was a mistake to simply hand over the Schnapps as soon as we sat down with the elders of Abonu village.

The deaths of illegal miners reveal a social fault line in Africa

OBUASI, Ghana Every few months Daniel Spies finds dead bodies. The managing director at AngloGold Ashanti Ltd.

legend of slavery omits reality in africa

It’s hard to imagine 1,000 men and women packed into these dank underground dungeons for months at a time.


Journalist’s death could tarnish Ghana’s image KUMASI, Ghana During the evening of Friday February 9, 2007, Samuel Ennin was shot…

Government balks at razing outfitter lodge

Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie refused to order the destruction of an illegal outfitter camp built on the Bonnet Plume River.

Government contracts outside for school advice

The Education department sole-sourced a $70,000 contract to a Victoria-based consulting company to help decide what kind of school to build in…

Abandoned cats stalk Beaver Creek

Fifty below is no place for a kitty. But dozens of cats and kittens have been roaming Beaver Creek in freezing temperatures since a local woman…

Ta’an chief calls for solidarity

Ruth Massie is feeling confident. The returned chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council beat longtime rival Bonnie Harpe, winning a clear…

Private health not likely in remote areas: CMA

The popular public-private health-care debate is largely irrelevant, according to the Canadian Medical Association.

Venerable outdoorsman dies at age 77

Legends live on. Dick Person may be one of them. The internationally known teacher, paddler and mountaineer who called the Yukon home for many years…

‘Bonanza grade’ at Keno mine prompts spending push

Exploratory drill results at the Keno Hill mine site are so good, Alexco Resource Corporation is counting in kilograms.

Five new doctors in Yukon this year

The brain-drain trend of Canada’s doctors fleeing to the United States appears to be reversing, according to the Canadian Medical Association.

Massie returned as Ta’an chief

Ruth Massie was elected chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council on Monday. She took 124 votes, compared to her challenger, Bonnie Harpe, who…

Doctors push incumbent Yukon Party on smoking

Unexpectedly, the bass started to thump. About 30 doctors gathered at the Yukon Medical Association’s annual general meeting moved to the…

Government trails Vuntut Gwitchin measures

The Yukon government and the Porcupine Caribou Management Board have no plans to follow the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation’s lead in imposing a…

Massie, Harpe square off in Ta’an election

The Ta’an Kwach’an Council is taking its second kick at the democracy can. And the usual suspects are running again.

Yukon Energy plans require Whitehorse diesel

If two copper mines near Minto and Carmacks start using hydroelectricity, Whitehorse’s diesel generators will be required during peak energy…